MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 2, 2016) - On December 3rd, Welcome Hall Mission, home to Montreal's largest direct-to-the-public food bank, is hosting its annual Noël pour tous. At this fun-filled event, 2,200 children will receive a most welcome gift from Santa (who, it's a secret, will be generously personified by Southwest borough Mayor, Mr. Benoît Dorais).

"Clients of the food bank struggle all year to provide shelter, food and clothing for their family, says Cyril Morgan, CEO and Executive Director of Welcome Hall Mission. This is why an event like this one can help lift their spirits and bring home some of the happiness and joy of the holiday season."

The beginning of the holiday distribution at Welcome Hall Mission

In the weeks following the event, Welcome Hall Mission will serve 6,000 Montrealers in need by providing thousands of Christmas food baskets. Each basket contains more than $160 worth of food. The distribution will take place on December 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, and 22. You can contribute and help those in great need by donating at

Welcome Hall Mission would also like to thank Cafe Southside, Hasbro, Ilot 307, Toys for Kids, Mega Brands, Fondation Bon Départ de Canadian Tire du Québec, Pro-Fêtes, and VoluntEARS Disney for their generous contribution of toys that will make Noël pour tous a magical event.

A few numbers from Welcome Hall Mission's food bank

  • More than 6,000 people served each month, making Welcome Hall Mission the largest direct-to-the-public food bank in Montreal.
  • 820,942 kilograms of food distributed last year.
  • For every dollar received as a donation, Welcome Hall Mission can deliver goods worth five to six dollars to the visitors to its food bank.

Food bank clients may not be who you think they are …

The food bank clientele at Welcome Hall Mission is diverse. Many families that need to supplement their food supply are new to Montreal. A large proportion is university-educated and held professional positions in their native countries. Most are struggling to find suitable work even though they are proficient in French. With lack of employment as a major challenge, many clients are not able to provide their families with three meals per day and winter clothing. Welcome Hall Mission believes that this problem can be solved through the generosity of Montrealers.

About Welcome Hall Mission

Established in 1892, Welcome Hall Mission has become the largest doorway to help for Montrealers in need. Many programs are available to support the homeless, young single mothers, families, children and youth. Welcome Hall Mission gives them hope through concrete actions and effective solutions to help them improve their lives and reintegrate into society.

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WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 5 PM (closed between 12 PM and 1 PM)
Press briefing at 10:30 AM
WHAT: Celebration and distribution of toys
WHO: Cyril Morgan, CEO of Welcome Hall Mission
Santa Claus, A.K.A. Benoît Dorais, Southwest borough Mayor
Dominique Anglade, MNA for Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne
A family using the services of Welcome Hall Mission
WHERE: 4755 Acorn Street in Montreal

Contact Information:

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Sophie Allard, APR, AH!COM
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Kathryn Stephens
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514-523-5288 ext. 303